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24 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Nate Jackson

In which BracketCat counts down the 24th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive back Nate Jackson.

After serving as K-State's primary reserve cornerback in 2014, Nate Jackson is working toward bigger things following his start against UCLA in the Alamo Bowl.
After serving as K-State's primary reserve cornerback in 2014, Nate Jackson is working toward bigger things following his start against UCLA in the Alamo Bowl.
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NateJackson

#24 Nate Jackson
Redshirt Senior
5-11 | 185
Daly City, Calif.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: College of San Mateo (Calif.)

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Nathan Edgar Jackson (b. Feb. 6, 1992) is an athletic player who earned valuable playing time on both defense and special teams as a junior in 2014. He will compete for a starting spot in the defensive backfield in 2015.

After redshirting in 2013, Jackson appeared in nine games last season, making starts against UTEP and UCLA.

He carded 13 tackles in 2014, including seven in the final two games; set a career high with four stops against UCLA, while also breaking up two Bruins passes; and also had three tackles against both Auburn and Baylor.

Jackson helped the College of San Mateo to a 7-4 finish in 2012 and registered nine interceptions during his two years there. He also earned all-conference honors at defensive back in 2011.

He prepped under head coach Bill Gray at Terra Nova High School in Daly City, Calif., and helped the team to earn a 9-4 record and a league championship as a senior.

Jackson proved valuable as the team's third cornerback behind Morgan Burns and Danzel McDaniel, and even stepped in as a starter over one of the young safeties once Dylan Schellenberg went down with an injury.

But current camp reports have Donnie Starks starting at nickelback, which would leave Jackson as a likely reserve.